Recover Integrity: Blog

The Role of People-Pleasing and Codependency in Addiction    When you're working with people that are in early recovery, they suffer from the same kind of orientations and disorders that exist in the culture at large, just usually in a more extreme way.    Over accommodation or people-pleasing So one of the things that come across a lot is what we call over accommodation or people-pleasing, and it means sort of overextending the boundaries of myself in a way that...

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Remove the Moral Aspects of Addiction Treatment?   I talk a lot about the moral aspects of treatment and I am very resistant to removing morality from the conversation about addiction and recovery. I understand why people want to do that. It's to bring down the stigma to address the confusion around the free will issues, for it to be covered by insurance, I agree with all that. I agree with the reasons. My hesitation is that...

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Overcoming addiction isn’t easy. Those struggling with addiction often require a comprehensive approach addressing substance abuse and underlying causes.  Addiction professionals use a variety of tools and evidence-based treatments to guide an individual towards a successful recovery.   Counseling and behavioral therapy can be effective for addressing underlying issues and triggers. Also, developing a strong support network is crucial for helping an individual through hard times and preventing relapse.   Can medications help with addiction?    Evidence says medications can be...

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Do You Need to Dumb it Down in Treatment?    One of the things that's common in some therapeutic communities, when it comes to recovery is telling people to dump it down. And I understand what they mean, but I don't like it. Because I like to think. If you learn to reason well, which is not about coming to the conclusion that I had before I started reasoning, that you’re actually trying to figure out the truth...

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Addiction hijacks- let's call it semi-rational thought, as a way to justify ego desires.    The simplest way to put this is to tell a story.    I remember working with a client, and he was about a week sober, had gotten out of detox from opioids. He was a week sober and he was still in some obsession to use heroin. And he very earnestly approached me as a counselor at the time. That's probably 10 years ago.   He...

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Mindfulness in Treatment: Getting to Know Yourself    The other area that's important that's come into the treatment field, when we're looking at kind of how to recover and become whole and become healthy, is what I would say the Eastern practices and I'll lose the categorize them as mindfulness and of yoga.   Mindfulness is around intention and attention.    If I meet somebody who's suffering from addiction, demoralized, who's ashamed, has some traumas in their background, often they'll be...

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